Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

From the Turkey's perspective


I found this paper when I was cleaning up our gameroom. Apparently Justin had to write a creative writing paper on the turkey's perspective. I thought it was too cute not to share.

Monday, November 26, 2007

San Antonio Weekend

The parade of boats
The boys with a dog
We were strolling along when we happened upon this couple. Lackland Air Force Base is in S.A. and he apparently is a soldier there, judging by his uniform. This guy decided to propose to his girlfriend along the Riverwalk and so he just dropped down to one knee and proposed right there. She said yes, he gave her a ring, and me with my camera out snapped a picture. Their families were there as well. Romantic, eh?
This was the waterfall where he proposed.
Just walking to La Villita
The boys at the Tower of the Americas. It was built in 1968 for the World's Fair in San Antonio. It's very similar to the Space Needle. They thoroughly enjoyed going up there.

On Saturday, we met up with Andrea J. and Alice O. Remy S. was out shopping with them, so she came along too. Andrea was in our field the year that Justin was born, so it was special to get a visit with them.

The parade at the Riverwalk was something to see! This boat won 1st place...The Wizard of Oz--a local theater in town...hence the costumes.
The boys favorite treat--a sucker with a scorpion on the inside (stinger taken out). Justin's eaten one before, so he wanted to get one this time too.

At the Tower of the Americas
Looking down on the Alamodome
Mike and Justin walked around outside. The cold wind was whistling out there, so I stayed in.
Looking at the Alamo from up here puts it into different perspective
We had a great time in San Antonio. The weather (rainy and 40) was not cooperative for Sea World, so we just did some indoor activities instead. It was a relaxing weekend.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving

The brothers and their families
Riston, Helen, Joel, Sarah, Weldon and Brynn

Jarin's looking so thankful!
The cooks
Brynn's 3rd birthday is Saturday, so we let her open her gift from us a little early. Happy Birthday Brynn!
The card I got her had a tiara on it
A princess dress up set


The feast The kids table.
Mike, Sarah and Joel
Riston and Helen
Justin and Brynn

We had a wonderful day with Joel & Sarah (and kids) and Riston and Helen G. (Sarah's parents). We even managed to set the oven on fire, so it was a most exciting day to say the least. Luckily, it was a small fire and my husband was able to blow it out. Here are a few photos of our day (minus the burning stove of coarse).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I thought I'd take a break from cooking to compose a little poem for you all! Names have been changed to protect the innocent. Enjoy!

T’was the night before Thanksgiving, when all through the house,
I was sampling and nibbling, just like a mouse.
The table was set with a plate for each one,
In hopes that the guests would be soon having fun.
The children weren’t sleeping, but running instead, .
While visions of sweets danced in their heads.
And I in my apron and my husband in his cap,
Were wishing we could take a long winters nap!
When, the very next day there arose such a sound,
I looked outside to see what hit the ground.
Away to the window I flew in a roar,
Wishing I had washed them the day before.
The shadow on the grass from the sunlight above,
Gave a twinkle of light like a little white dove.
When what to my wondering eyes should arrive?,
It was my in-laws…here before 5!
With a young, crazy driver so lively and quick,
I knew that for sure, it wasn’t Saint Nick.
More rapid than radar in their cars they came,
As I stood there trying to recall all their names.
Hello, Joe, Hello, Bob, Hello Jane and Will,
Hi there Tom, Hello John, and How are you Jill?
To the top of the porch, to the table we’ll head,
But wait, we should stop and get a picture instead!
As dry leaves that before the Texas tornado’s fly,
When they see the mess in the kitchen, they all start to cry.
So into the kitchen the relatives, they ran
And tried to make sense of all of the plan.
And then in a twinkling I heard in my head,
The sound of the timer going beep, beep instead.
As I drew out my hot pad and was turning around,
Out of the oven, the turkey, came with a bound.
He was dressed all in stuffing from his head to his foot,
And the top of his breast, was it covered in soot?
A bundle of rosemary he had stuck to his back,
And he looked pretty tasty as a matter of fact.
The stump of a timer, he held tight in his thigh,
And the first thing he asked me was “where is the pie”.
He had a funny face and a nice round belly,
That shook just like the cranberry jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a perfect bird.,
And I thought this scenario was really absurd.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know, we’d be eating him instead.
He spoke not a word, but crawled back in to cook,
He‘d given up now, with a sad little look..
Laying some butter aside of his leg,
And giving the nod, instead of trying to beg.
He sprang to his oven, to the timer gave a twist,
And soon he was cooking like the darkening mist.
But I heard him exclaim as he cooked in the night,
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good night!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fun at the park






Jarin and I went for our walk and stopped off at our subdivision park. He had fun playing while I clicked away.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A full weekend

These are a few of the roses that Gina gave me...they are beautiful! Thanks Gina!


Heading down the trail
The boys/(1 girl) and their Dads
The Moms and kids
The Brazos River...If you look close the embankment gave way in the last flood. That tree root isn't balanced by anything and could give way any time. The bench that used to sit here is gone and the bench at the first outlook is covered in silt...all the result of flooding.
Heading back

On Saturday we went hiking with the scouts on our nature trail. We invited the den over for a BBQ at our place, so had some scouts here until 4 p.m. We managed to deliver the last of our popcorn (save 1 box that goes to the businesses), so we did well to get it all done in 2 days.

Yesterday we spent the day at with Cliff and Gina at Gina's place. She made a wonderful lunch (thanks Gina!). She sent me home with some beautiful roses. What a fun day!

Got a turkey thawing, so will be doing some cooking this week! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Our student


We attended Justin's awards assembly today. He got all "A" Honor Roll for the 2nd 6 week grading period. Way to go Justin!

Happy Friday!

Here are the answers as far as I can tell. If any of you native Texans know any different, please let me know.:)
1. Mexican Blue Oak
2. Magnolia (that's my guess)
3. Texas Red Oak
4. Chinese Flame Tree
5. Plain old acorn off an oak tree.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Name that leaf/nut

1. 2.
3.
4. View of outside and inside
5.

Jarin and I went for a walk in the crisp fall air. Along the way we collected some momentos of fall. Can you name them? I think I know all but 1. I'll post the answers later on.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Turkey Popped out of the Oven

The Turkey popped out of the oven and rocketed in to the air; It knocked every plate off the table and partly demolished a chair. It ricocheted into a corner and burst with a deafening boom, Then splattered all over the kitchen, completely obscuring the room. It stuck to the walls and the windows, it totally coated the floor. There was turkey attached to the ceiling, where there had never been turkey before..It blanketed every appliance, it smeared every saucer and bowl; There wasn't a way I could stop it; that turkey was out of control. I scraped and I scraped with displeasure and thought with chagrin as I mopped, That I would never again stuff a turkey with popcorn that hadn't been popped.
written by Jack Prelutsky

The Silver Lining to the Burning Question: "You Burnt the Bird?" A Dozen Reasons to be Thankful!!

-Salmonella won't be a concern
-No one will overeat.
-Everyone will think it's Cajun Blackened.
-Uninvited guests will think twice next year.
-Your cheese broccoli lima bean casserole will gain newly found appreciation.
-Pets won't pester you for scraps.
-The smoke alarm was due for a test.
-Carving the bird will provide a good cardiovascular workout.
-After dinner, the guys can take the bird to the yard and play football.
-The less turkey Uncle George eats, the less likely he will be to walk around with his pants unbuttoned.
-You'll get to the desserts quicker.
-You won't have to face three weeks of turkey sandwiches.
Source: Craig Boldman and Pete Matthews, authors of Every Excuse in the Book: 714 Ways to Say "It's Not My Fault."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Cakes, Cakes and more cakes

I made these cupcakes for a Boy Scout end-of-the-year BBQ
Sarah's birthday cake I made one year
Justin had a frog theme one year, so I made cupcakes in cones
Justin wanted a "Star Wars" birthday last year, so I came up with this cake. The red is supposed to resemble fire, although I still haven't figured out which tip to use to make it look more effective.
Jarin's 3rd birthday was a "Thomas the tank Engine" birthday, so I came up with this cake.

One of the hobbies that I enjoy is decorating cakes. While I don't claim to be very good at it, I do enjoy trying! A couple of years ago, my sister bought me a decorating set so I've enjoyed experimenting with that. Eventually I'd like to take some cake decorating classes. In the mean time, here are some of my creations from the past...